They'll celebrate the win with the old boys, but you could already see Canberra Raiders veteran Sia Soliola licking his lips over the Penrith Panthers.
The Raiders' attack gave them a lead in the second half and their defence ensured the win in the second, holding on for a 20-12 victory over the Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.
It ensured the former Green Machine players, who attended to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the club's first premiership, left with smiles on their faces.
They're fourth on the NRL ladder off the back of their sixth win over Wests in the past seven meetings - ending Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall's unbeaten record in Canberra.
Now they face a Panthers side on a seven-game winning streak at Penrith next Sunday.
The Panthers have snuck into the eight on the back of those wins and Soliola was looking forward to the contest.
"We're going to be pretty excited to play Penrith," Soliola said.
"Just the brand of footy that they've played, it's really going to test us, it's really going to challenge us.
"So we're really going to look forward to that and really set the tone of where we're at.
"They've played some really tough footy and grinded out some wins.
"They've shown that they've got all the momentum at the moment."
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was breathing a sigh of relief after gun fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad initially thought he'd broken his leg after getting a knock on it in the second half.
He's been a sensation this season since joining the Green Machine from the New Zealand Warriors.
Nicoll-Klokstad again ran for more than 100 metres and his effort was exemplified by a desperate kick return out of his own in-goal area where Tigers forward Elijah Taylor slid into his head.
Stuart said Nicoll-Klokstad had been a pleasure to coach.
"He's been a revelation hasn't he, Charnze," he said.
"A trainer came running off the field because he heard a crack and he thought he'd broken his leg over in the far corner.
"That would've put a dullness on the occasion, but it wasn't fortunately.
"He's a tough kid ... he's a better player today than where he was in game one this year and he'll just keep building on that. He's a credit to coach."
Soliola started with State of Origin hero Josh Papalii coming off the bench.
Stuart was thankful he could rely on his middle forwards to help him determine what his rotations should be each week.
Soliola set the tone early with his powerful running and amassed 152 metres, while Josh Papalii also churned out 184m.
Stuart said he would switch who starts again at some point.
"His last two weeks, the way he's started have been high energy and he wants to start," he said of Soliola.
"I talk to Papa and [Dunamis Lui] and Sia and they tell me which way we should be going at times.
"It's a great help for a coach when we've got players like that wanting to assist in regards to decision making."
Lui scored his first try in lime green since joining the club in 2017 to play 48 NRL games.
Stuart said he's become an important cog in the Green Machine pack.
"All the boys just congratulated him then in the changerooms," he said.
"It's nice for Dunamis. He's had a wonderful season so far. He's been one of our best."
While it wasn't the prettiest game, Stuart said it was still a valuable learning curve for his team.
They've worked hard on their defence and have become the second most miserly team in the NRL.
It's what's driving their season and has seen them climb into the top four after a couple of years in the wilderness.
They've also become more resilient in close games and Stuart said this was another chance for them to learn how to hold on even when they can't get their hands on the ball and are forced to defend.
"We probably weren't ruthless enough in the first half," Stuart said.
"I thought we kept inviting them back into the fight. In the second half we were very ruthless in defence.
"We didn't have any field position with the footy but it gave us some good education about hanging into games and winning a real tight one."